IMPACT Funding

Thanks to the generosity of our clients, Perpetual distributes more than $80 million annually from the charitable trusts and endowments we manage.

Many of these trusts and endowments are created with specific directions around the charities that will benefit.

However, where trusts and endowments have a more flexible approach to grant making, we undertake a rigorous application program that matches our clients’ wishes with suitable organisations.

Our IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program allows philanthropists and Not-for-Profits (NFPs) to connect, and allows NFPs to demonstrate how they improve outcomes for the communities in which they operate.

We encourage high quality outcomes by identifying organisations that can maximise their impact through:

  • good governance
  • solid leadership
  • strong strategy
  • an outcomes focus.

Applications are now closed.

Please register your interest for the 2018 funding round by emailing

The 2017 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program

Application documents


Applications open: Thursday 27 October 2016 at 9am AEDT

Applications close: Friday 2 December 2016 at 5pm AEDT

Applicants informed of outcomes: by Friday, 30 June 2017



These resources relate to the 2017 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program which has now closed. Information on the 2018 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program will be available on this site in late 2017.

Download the 2017 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program Guidelines

Download the 2017 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Download the 2017 application questions. You must apply via the online application form, this blank form is provided so that you can view and share the questions before applying

View the webinar information session

Acquittal reporting and acknowledging funding

If your NFP organisation receives funding from trusts or endowments managed by Perpetual, you must report on your funding outcomes by submitting an acquittal report by 31 January each year and a final acquittal report on completion.

Acquittal reports

Perpetual’s funding is normally provided for one year. We require an interim acquittal report outlining grant obligations outstanding and/or funding not fully expended by 31 January each year following your grant.

We require a final acquittal report outlining the grant obligations completed and funding expended by 31 January the following year. The final acquittal report may be submitted at any time as long as you have fulfilled the grant obligations and fully expended the funding.

If you fail to submit an acquittal report your organisation may be ineligible for funding in future rounds.

To submit an Acquittal Report please complete the Acquittal Report.

Recognition of donors

If your NFP organisation wishes to name the trusts or endowments that have provided funding for your activity via your website, newsletters or in the media, please email

The IMPACT Philanthropy Partnership Program

As part of our commitment to IMPACT Philanthropy, we are identifying opportunities to support a limited number of NFP partners annually with longer term and deeper support designed to help them maximise their impact. The IMPACT Philanthropy Partnership Program funds major grants to organisations working towards crucial outcomes for the communities and sectors they serve.

Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Partners are organisations that have made applications to the annual IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program and performed consistently well on the criteria of Leadership, Capability, Strategy and Outcomes in each of the past three years.

Invited organisations can apply for a grant of up to $1 million, to be used over a time period of one to five years.

Download the 2017 Partnership Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Partners in 2016 are listed below, together with a description of the activity being funded and the outcome sought.

RDNS (Royal District Nursing Service Limited)

Reducing the burden of chronic disease through telehealth enabled remote clinical nurse consultancy.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Cord Blood Cells: A Potential Game-Changer for Cerebral Palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Alliance's Research Institute wishes to conduct an initial Australian pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of using UCBCs as a future treatment for Cerbral Palsy- the most common physical disability in children.

Australian Red Cross

Trial and conduct evaluative research of the Australian adaptation of Community Based Health and First Aid In Action.  Based on community development principles, the program trains prisoners as ‘Special Status’ volunteers who provide peer-to-peer support and education in the prison setting. 


Enhance our facilities to cook at least an extra 500,000 much needed, free nutritious meals a year.



We’re also committed to supporting sector leaders and helping non-profit organisations manage their endowment investments.


Strategies for a low yield world
Perpetual’s National Investment Manager, Luke McMillan provides insight for NFPs looking to maintain investment income in low yield environments.